Susan joined the Natural Insect Control (NIC) team full time in 2004, after moving with her partner from Australia where they lived for the previous 7 years.
Although she participated in formal Entomology training in Austrailia, where the insects are very different than those in Canada, Susan found that she learned more from the feedback and experience of NIC’s clients and dedicated staff.
When she started she was the sole person in charge of NIC’s wholesale and dealer clients, their online distributors and organizing marketing initiatives as well as trade shows. That one person job now consists of 3 full time positions reflecting NIC’s growth in this exciting field.
Susan and her family live in Niagara Falls, Ontario and with their support she is looking forward to many more years working towards making the world a better place one little bug at a time.
After 20 years living on the west coast of Canada where John was a trained paramedic and a volunteer fire-fighter in Vancouver and Whistler BC respectively. He returned to the Niagara region to join his sister Susan in taking over the family business, Natural Insect Control.
For the past three years John has been actively involved in trying to introduce solitary bees (Mason and Leafcutter Bees) as an alternative pollination provider for both commercial and home use. As well as trying to find natural solutions towards invasive pests. John enjoys nothing more than sharing his love of nature and how it all fits together.
John is currently establishing a blue bird / tree swallow nesting box trail in Stevensville.
Stacey Hickman B.SC.H
Stacey joined Natural Insect Control (NIC) shortly after receiving her Bachelor Science with Honours in Entomology from Brock University in 1997.
As NIC’s head Entomologist, Stacey has been instrumental in designing personalized IPM programs for a variety of greenhouse crops throughout the Niagara region. Stacey liaisons directly with indoor and outdoor growers on a regular basis, to keep abreast of what is going on with their crops and in the industry.
When Stacey is not looking at, or working with insects she can happily be found with a book in her hands.
Miron Teshler M.Sc. Ph.D
Miron is an accomplished entomologist with over 20 years of research and product development experience of innovative microbial and insect organisms. With a team of researchers he successfully developed and commercialized the following products at McGill University’s Biopesticide Lab and Anatis Bioprotection: bioherbicides Sarritor and OrganoSol/BioProtec-H; biofungicide LactoSan/BioProtec-F and bioinsecticide BioCeres WP. Miron has published several research articles, book chapters and patents in the field of biological plant protection, mass rearing, storage and formulation technology. In his leisure time he enjoys forest hiking and nature photography. Miron has recently joined the NIC team and will be our Lab Manager responsible for R&D and mass production of entomopathogenic nematodes to control various important pest species.
We are proud to have assembled our team for the upcoming season.
In the main building our sales & shipping team consist of Nancy Sheridan, Tracey Thewliss, Trevor Neufeld, & Jennifer Gabor.
In our nematode production building we have Kim & Darren Bauer, Shawn Willick & Travis Dunlop.
We miss and are looking forward to the return of Karen Malton
We are all super excited to be able to provide you with natural controls to your insects problems. Everyone at NIC cares very deeply about the environment and takes pride in helping promote sustainable solutions, to garden problems.